Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

James C. Nicholson


1 / 4 of one million humans braved depressing stipulations at Epsom Downs on June 2, 1954, to determine the one hundred and seventy fifth working of the celebrated Derby Stakes. Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill have been in attendance, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Britons who have been all confident of the unfailing superiority of English bloodstock and wanting to see a British colt take the victory. They have been stunned whilst a Kentucky-born chestnut named by no means Say Die galloped to a two-length triumph at odds of 33–1, profitable Britain's maximum race and starting an incredible shift on the planet of Thoroughbred racing.

Never Say Die
lines the background of this striking colt, starting along with his foaling in Lexington, Kentucky, whilst a shot of bourbon whiskey revived him and earned him his identify. writer James C. Nicholson additionally tells the tales of the influential contributors introduced jointly via the pony and his victory―from the inheritor to the Singer stitching computer fortune to the Aga Khan. such a lot interesting is the story of Mona better of Liverpool, England, whose well-placed wager at the long-shot Derby contender allowed her to open the Casbah espresso membership. There, her son met musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison and later joined their band.

Featuring a foreword by means of the unique drummer for the Beatles, Pete top, this striking publication unearths how an underdog's shock victory performed an element within the formation of the main winning and influential rock band in background and made the Bluegrass zone of Kentucky the guts of the foreign Thoroughbred undefined.

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